Lucifer - music by Sackman, Burrell and Poole

Lucifer - music by Sackman, Burrell and Poole

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Release Date: 1 November 2005

These three new works for brass, piano and percussion were all commissioned by pianist Philip Mead to play with the Royal Northern College of Music's acclaimed Brass Ensemble: Nicholas Sackman's rigorous and dramatic Meld, and Diana Burrell's Gold - which explores the sonorities of brass and gongs - are coupled with the title work, Geoff Poole's subversive yet jazzy portayal of Man's fall.

Philip Mead piano
RNCM Brass Ensemble
Andrew Gourlay conductor



'Lucifer may have bagged the headline on this new disc, but the presiding angel is Philip Mead ... Anchored by Mead's muscular, formidable pianism, three very different [works] are showcased here: 'Lucifer' is ... a musical theatre bristling with everything from a portentuously Messiaenic Ezekiel to the louche landscapes of New Babylon. It's the perfect foil to the glistering metallic sheen of Diana Burrell's 'Gold', and the vivid, twitchy, discursive circularities of Nicholas Sackman's 'Meld'. The performances, under James Gourlay's alert direction, are exemplary - the RNCM Brass Ensemble at the top of its game.' BBC Music Magazine


All works were recorded between 20-21 November 2003 at Concert Hall, Royal Northern College of Music

DAVID LEFEBER Recording Engineer & Producer
DAVID LEFEBER Editing & mastering

(P) 2005 NMC Recordings Ltd
© 2005 NMC Recordings Ltd

Catalogue number: NMC D099
Release Date: 1 November 2005